Mar 182020
 

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The Look Of Love

DirectorMichael Winterbottom

Year2013

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The story opens in London in 1992. Paul Raymond returns to his flat, after attending the funeral of his daughter, Debbie. Raymond plays a videotape of a television programme he and Debbie took part in and reflects on their lives. In a flashback to the end of the 1950s, Raymond is an impresario, on the seaside variety show circuit, where he is making a name for himself, by adding semi-nude women to his stage acts.

After a lion attacks the show’s dancers, his wife Jean joins the show. When the Daily Sketch claims that Jean performed nude, Raymond sues the newspaper unsuccessfully but appreciates the ensuing publicity, after which Raymond launches his strip club in London, the Raymond Revue Bar. Its success allows him to expand his property empire, and also indulge in a playboy lifestyle, which his wife tolerates.

At the beginning of the 1970s, Raymond moves into theatrical revues, and casts aspiring actress, Amber St. George, in a nude revue. Raymond moves in with her, and his marriage to Jean ends. Raymond also agrees to meet a grown son, Derry, he sired out of wedlock, but after an awkward dinner together, he gives Derry no more of his time. Tony Power is approached by Paul Raymond to run a new men’s magazine, Men Only.

Tony Power, who was only in his 20s at the time, was subsequently corrupted into a sleazy world, by Paul Raymond, ending in his untimely demise. The magazine is a huge success, in part thanks to roving sex reporter Fiona Richmond, the pseudonym of St. George. Raymond continues to enjoy a hedonistic, coke-fuelled lifestyle. This becomes too much for St. George, and their relationship ends.

Into this mix, his daughter Debbie is introduced. Initially, Raymond tries to make her a star in his theatrical ventures, but she lacks talent, and the show is an unprecedented failure for her.

Debbie marries musician Jonathan Hodge. Jean returns for the wedding, and volunteers to pose nude for Raymond’s magazine. In the delivery room, Debbie gives birth to a girl, after sniffing a line of coke, that her father provides. She dies in 1992, of a heroin overdose. After the funeral, Raymond returns home with his granddaughter, pointing out the property he owns that will someday belong to her.

An epilogue reveals that in December 1992, he was the richest man in Britain.

Feb 262019
 

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

DirectorDeclan Lowney

Year2013

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Norwich radio station North Norfolk Digital is bought out by a multinational conglomerate, with staff members facing redundancies. DJ Alan Partridge is not concerned, but DJ Pat Farrell convinces him to gatecrash a board meeting to urge the new owners against layoff. When Alan discovers that either he or Pat must go, he urges them to fire Pat, and writes “JUST SACK PAT” on the room’s flip chart.
During a company party, Pat enters the station with a shotgun and holds the staff hostage, demanding his job back. The police enlist Alan as a negotiator, and he builds an uneasy rapport with Pat; with Alan’s co-presenter Sidekick Simon, the three host a radio show during the siege. Alan daydreams of ending the siege heroically, but cannot bring himself to grab Pat’s gun. As the siege becomes national news, Alan’s ego swells and he shares a kiss with his colleague Angela.

Alan accidentally locks himself out of the building and loses his trousers trying to re-enter through a window. The police realise he is an ineffective negotiator and send in an undercover officer disguised as a pizza delivery man. Alan interrupts and takes the pizzas in himself. When Pat discovers a taser in one of the boxes, an argument erupts between the hostages and the police burst in. Pat escapes in the station’s tour bus, taking Alan and security guard Michael.

On the bus, Alan regains Pat’s trust and they continue to host the radio show. However, Pat sees Alan’s “JUST SACK PAT” message in a photo and deduces that Alan was behind his redundancy. Alan hides in the bus toilet compartment and escapes in the septic tank.

On Cromer Pier, Pat faces off with Alan and the police. Michael tries to distract Pat by throwing himself off the pier; he is never seen again. Pat tells Alan that he is depressed due to the death of his wife and prepares to shoot himself. Unable to pull the trigger, he gives his shotgun to Alan, who throws it aside. The gun goes off, shooting Alan in the leg; a police sniper, reacting to gunfire, shoots him again. Alan assumes he is dying, but a paramedic assures him he will be fine.

Alan returns to North Norfolk Digital with Sidekick Simon, and Pat calls the show from prison. Alan goes on holiday with Angela and her sons.